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The Hsp70 family member mortalin (mot-2/mthsp70/GRP75) binds to a carboxyl terminus region of the tumor suppressor protein p53. By in vivo co-immunoprecipitation of mot-2 with p53 and its deletion mutants, we earlier mapped the mot-2-binding site of p53 to its carboxyl terminus 312-352 amino acid residues. In the present study we attempted to disrupt(More)
PURPOSE Ashwagandha is regarded as a wonder shrub of India and is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine and health tonics that claim its variety of health-promoting effects. Surprisingly, these claims are not well supported by adequate studies, and the molecular mechanisms of its action remain largely unexplored to date. We undertook a study to identify and(More)
BACKGROUND Postnatal development of rat intestine is associated with a decline in brush-border lactase activity. This phenomenon is similar to the adulthood hypolactasia in humans. However, the mechanism underlying this process is not understood. METHODS The effect of luminal proteases from adult rat intestine on the intestinal lactase activity in animals(More)
A study to evaluate an antimutagenic potential of water, chloroform and acetone extracts of Triphala has been made in an Ames histidine reversion assay using TA98 and TA100 tester strains of Salmonella typhimurium against the direct-acting mutagens, 4-nitro-o-phenylenediamine (NPD) and sodium azide, and the indirect-acting promutagen, 2-aminofluorene (2AF),(More)
mRNA levels encoding lactase were detected by Northern blot analysis using two different probes in developing rat intestine. Probe I and probe II corresponding to second half of prolactase gene showed a 6.8 kb mRNA transcript in 7, 14, 21 and 30 day old rat intestine. There was no change in quantity of lactase mRNA detected using probe II, but hybridization(More)
India is one of the 12 mega diversity countries in the world so it has a vital stake in conservation and sustainable utilization of its biodiversity resources. Plant secondary metabolites have been of interest to man for a long time due to their pharmacological relevance. With this in view, the bark powder of Acacia auriculiformis, A. nilotica, Juglans(More)
Mortalin, also known as mthsp70/GRP75/PBP74, interacts with the tumor suppressor protein p53 and inactivates its transcriptional activation and apoptotic functions. Here, we examined the level of mortalin expression in a large variety of tumor tissues, tumor-derived and in vitro immortalized human cells. It was elevated in many human tumors, and in all of(More)
Libraries of randomized ribozymes have considerable potential as tools for the identification of functional genes critically involved in a biological phenotype of interest in vitro. We have used a ribozyme library in an in vivo mouse model to identify genes related to metastasis. We injected weakly metastatic melanoma cells that had been treated with the(More)
Mortalin/mtHsp70 (mitochondrial Hsp70) and HSP60 (heat-shock protein 60) are heat-shock proteins that reside in multiple subcellular compartments, with mitochondria being the predominant one. In the present study, we demonstrate that the two proteins interact both in vivo and in vitro, and that the N-terminal region of mortalin is involved in these(More)